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The Best Things to do in Santa Eulària, Ibiza with Kids

July 19, 2016

Known for its vibrant music scene, late-night parties, and celeb-studded yachts, I discovered that Ibiza, Spain is also a haven for families – particularly those that visit the resort area of Santa Eulària.

Go snorkelling on Ibiza with kids

Located an easy 25-minute drive from Ibiza’s airport, Santa Eulària’s beaches, bike trails, and charming towns make it an inviting family destination. After five fun-filled days on the island, here are some of my favourite things to do in Santa Eulària, Ibiza with kids.

Kayak Along the Coast

Santa Eulària’s protected beaches, crystal clear water, and stunning scenery make kayaking an excellent option for families that want to see more of the coastline. Our guide from Club Nautico Santa Eulalia met us at the beach with single kayaks and associated gear. While we paddled through the turquoise waters, the guide cruised along beside us with a motorised dinghy in case the kids wanted to take a break.

Kayaking Ibiza with kids

Charter a Boat

If you want to explore more of Ibiza by water, charter a boat at Santa Eulària’s centrally located marina and cruise to historic sites, picturesque coves, and family-friendly snorkel areas. Read more about our unforgettable day on the water with a skippered yacht from Náutica Santa Eulalia here.

Spend a Day (or Two) at the Beach

Plan to spend a day or more at one of Santa Eulària’s spectacular beaches. With a summertime water temperature hovering around 25 C, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea draws even the most reluctant swimmer in for a dip.

Visit El Chiringuito beach club Ibiza with kids

We spent a day at El Chiringuito beach club (located just outside of Santa Eulària) where you can rent lounge chairs, splash about in the crystalline water, dine in the beachside restaurant, and order food and drinks from your lounge chair. There are many beaches to choose from along Santa Eulària’s 30 km of coastline, with full-service beach clubs like El Chirinquito, or more secluded options.

Family-friendly El Chiringuito Ibiza with kids

Visit Santa Gertrudis

There is more than beaches and ocean activities on Ibiza. Be sure to visit the charming hill town of Santa Gertrudis where you can wander the pedestrian-only shopping area, dine on thinly sliced jamón (cured Spanish ham) at Bar Costa, and mingle with locals at the nearby playground.

Wander Santa Gertrudis visit Ibiza with kids

Cycle on the Island

The abundance of cycling opportunities on Ibiza appears to be a well-kept secret – at least for now. Bike routes include quiet country roads lined with chest-high wild rosemary bushes, trails meandering through pine-scented forests, and dramatic paths skirting along the coast. It’s paradise if you like to explore a destination on two wheels.

Cycle-Ibiza-with-kids

We spent a few hours with a guide and high-quality rental bikes from Kandani, and there was a strong consensus that we should ride more on Ibiza.

Travel Tips – Ibiza with Kids

  • The Santa Eulària resort area is approximately 20 km from the island’s airport (IBZ). The central town of Santa Eulària des Riu has inviting cafes, interesting shops, a palm-lined promenade, and a 300-foot accessible, smoke-free beach (the first and only smoke-free beach on the island). Visit the Santa Eulària website for more information about this fabulous, family-friendly destination.
  • I traveled with a tween and teen and many of these activities are suitable for or, can be tailored for younger or older children.
  • Contact Club Nautico Santa Eulalia for more information on kayaking along Ibiza’s spectacular coast.  
  • Visit the Náutica Santa Eulalia website to charter a boat on Ibiza.
  • El Chiringuito beach club offers a children’s program called Little Chiringuito. Visit the El Chiringuito website for more information about the beach club and children’s program.
  • Bar Costa is located at  Plaça de l’Esglèsia, s/n, 07819 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain.
  • Contact Kandani Bikes, located in Santa Eulalia des Riu, to organize rental bikes and a guide. I cycle all over the world, and the guide from Kandani was one of the best.

Have you visited Ibiza with kids or without? What are your favourite activities on the island?

Our recent visit to Santa Eulària, Ibiza was in collaboration with the Santa Eulària Tourism Office. As always, my opinions are my own. If I don’t enjoy a destination or experience, I won’t recommend it.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Lauren July 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love kayaking! I normally do it on a lake but it would be so fun to do in these beautiful clear waters!

  • Reply Stephen 'Beaver' Harris July 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I like that you have made travel guide options for a family in Ibeza. It may be the first article on the island that does not involve the resort infamy. It is great Nancy! Nice touch!

  • Reply Heather Cole July 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    What a great thing to do, taking the kids kayaking, and brilliant that they have a boat on standby in case they get tired…does that work for the adults too? 😉

  • Reply Beatríz Lopez July 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    What a lovely photos! and a relly good inforamtion. Traveling with kids can be fun but also difficult is we can´t find something interesting for them.

  • Reply Laura Lynch October 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    We’re going to Spain (and Ibiza) in November. We don’t have kids, but we’re not really shoppers or partiers either, so the things you mentioned would be great activities for us too. I’m sure we’ll do at least a handful of them.

  • Reply Annie October 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Wow chartering a boat seems like such a luxury! I bet it would be an amazing way to see more of the island.

  • Reply Tami October 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful place! I would love the bicycling, as I often do it here in San Diego. I can see why your family voted for more of that!

  • Reply Chrysoula October 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t thought of Ibiza as a kid-friendly destination. Your suggestions are great!

  • Reply Megan Jerrard October 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    You’ve definitely changed my perspective, not going to lie, I didn’t picture Ibiza as a family friendly destination – my main thoughts go straight to the party scene. But it really does sound like it has a lot to offer if you’re traveling with kids. Thanks for changing my outlook!

  • Reply Christina October 9, 2016 at 4:17 am

    If you had shown me the photos and asked me to name the place I would not have picked it as Ibiza! I’ve always pictured Ibiza as a party place. Looks like a cool spot.

  • Reply anna October 9, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Your photos look beautiful!! Never thought of it as a family friendly place but looks like I was wrong. Beach kayaking- sounds like my kind of adventure!

  • Reply Himanshu October 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Never knew that Ibiza has so much to offer. I thought Ibiza is all about Beaches. Thanks for this detailed post.

  • Reply Vicki Louise October 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I would never have thought of Ibiza as Family Friendly! Its nice to know there are beautiful spots like this away from the party scene!

  • Reply Sue Reddel October 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Looks like there’s plenty to do in Ibiza to keep everyone in the family busy and interested. I haven’t been but I’ll be adding it to my must-visit list.

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